Apple Upside Down Puff Pastry

// This irresistible Apple Upside Down Puff Pastry recipe is a blend of caramelized apples and flaky puff pastry. Delicious dessert in 30 mins.



Apple Upside Down Puff Pastry is a luscious fusion of caramelized apples and the flaky goodness of puff pastry, complemented with the nutty goodness of almonds. 

The ease, elegance, and deliciousness of this pastry would make it a showstopper at family gatherings, festivals, or parties.

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Made using 6 basic ingredients, this dessert takes only 20 minutes if you use frozen puff pastry sheets. Plus, it is a quite versatile recipe that can also be made using other fruits.

Whether seeking a cozy indulgence or aiming to impress guests at a dinner party, this super simple recipe is for you. Baking this heavenly treat is both comforting and therapeutic.

About Apple Upside Down Puff Pastry

This upside-down apple puff pastry recipe or homemade apple turnover is an exquisite dessert that has an ideal balance of sweet, tart flavors, and crispy and melt-in-mouth textures. After baking, the caramelized apples become super soft, and buttery layers of puff pastry turn crispy, making it a heavenly treat that’s both comforting and sophisticated.

The simplicity of this upside-down apple puff pastry tart or tarte tatin (which is a French-style pastry) makes it an ideal delight for festivals, weekend treats, or get-togethers. This will definitely impress your guests.

This beautiful upside down apple tart with puff pastry recipe is inspired by mini apple pear tarte tatin and TikTok’s viral Upside Down Puff Pastry Hack. It is an easy and straightforward recipe that transforms some handy ingredients into a gratifying caramelized fruit tart. Just like dalgona coffee, dalgona candy, tortilla wrap hack, baked feta pasta, this upside-down puff pastry also became a viral sensation.

a small piece of apple upside down puff pastry tart on a plate next to a pinecone

This effortless caramelized apple dessert is a perfect merge of tender and sweet apples, the crisp and buttery pastry, and nutty walnut goodness. This easy and exotic treat goes effortlessly well with some hot coffee or tea. It also pairs amazingly well with other French desserts like chocolate crepes,  chocolate souffle,  chocolate lava cake,  crepes recipe, and chocolate pots de creme.

Whether seeking a cozy dessert satiation or want to dazzle guests at a dinner party, this recipe beautifully serves the purpose. So, are you ready to give it a try?

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This Upside Down Apple Puff Pastry

  • is easy to prepare

  • gets ready in just 15 minutes

  • is versatile

  • is so flavorful and delicious

  • is vegetarian

  • can also be made vegan

  • is visually enticing

  • looks gourmet

  • is suitable for various occasions

  • can be served as a snack or brunch

  • also suitable for festivals and parties

  • has the warmth of cinnamon-spiced apples

Ingredients

  • Puff Pastry Sheets: It is the star ingredient of this recipe. It gives the flaky exterior to this dessert that complements the apple topping. I have used store-bought frozen puff pastry sheets, but you can also use homemade puff pastry.

  • Apples: You can use any apples of your choice. Any firm and sweet variety of apples work here. Honeycrisp or Granny Smith apples give the best-caramelized flavor to the apples, but you can surely use any other apples of your choice.

  • Brown Sugar: It is used to coat the apples. It gives the rich, caramelized coating to the apples.

  • Cinnamon: I added a bit of cinnamon to the apples. Cinnamon and apples go so well together. The addition of cinnamon adds some warmth and aromatic touch to the apples.

  • Milk: I have used a bit of milk for brushing the puff pastry; it gives a golden color to puff pastry. You can also brush puff pastries with melted butter or egg wash.

  • Nuts (Optional): I have topped these tarts with some toasted and chopped almonds for a nutty richness. You can also use pecans or raisins here.

a piece of puff pastry upside down apple on a wooden cutting board next to a cup of coffee and a plate of almonds with a star anise sprinkled on top

Variations

You can use different types of fruits for making these upside-down pastries. Other fruits or berries that taste good in this puff pastry are:

  • Green Apples: You can use green apples instead of using red apples. Also, you can swap cinnamon with ginger spice.

  • Cherries: Love cherries? Then you can use sweet and sour cherries to make this tart.

  • Figs: You can also substitute apples with figs to give this tart a sophisticated touch.

  • Peaches: Sweet, fragrant, and juicy peaches taste really great with puff pastry, cobblers, galette, pies, and turnovers.

  • Rhubarb and strawberries: These two fruits make a beautiful pairing for pastries, pies, and tarts. It brings a tangy contrast to crispy pastries.

  • Plums: The tart flavor of plum tastes wonderful in tarts and their galettes. So, you can also replace apples with plums.

  • Apricots: These small, sweet fruits add an elegant touch to pastries.

  • Persimmon: The addition of persimmon creates a wonderful winter dessert. So when making during the festive season, feel free to swap apples with persimmon.

  • Berries: Any berries of your choice can be used in place of apples.

  • Pineapple: The tropical flavor of pineapple tastes really great in baked goodies. So if you like pineapple upside down cake, then you can use pineapple slices for making this tart.

Storage Suggestions:

Best enjoyed fresh, but if preparing in advance, store in an airtight container for up to 48 hours.

Serving Suggestions:

These upside puff pastries taste best when served warm for the best flavor. You can have them with a cup of coffee, tea, or even hot chocolate for brunch. Or, if you want to serve it as a gourmet dessert, drizzle it with caramel sauce and pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can also pair it with frozen yogurt or gelato.

a plate of apple puff pastry tarts on a wooden table with pine cones and blue lights in the background

Professional Tips & Tricks for Apple Upside Down Puff Pastry

  1. Puff Pastry: For easier handling, make sure to thaw the pastry sheets at room temperature before baking.

  2. Apple Selection: You can choose any of your favorite apples for making this puff pastry.

  3. Sweetener: You can swap sugar with maple syrup or agave if you don’t want to use sugar.

  4. Flour Dusting: Dust the puff pastries with some dry flour. This step prevents the pastry sheets from sticking to surfaces.

  5. Serving: This upside-down puff pastry tastes best when served warm as they are flaky at this point. But you can also serve them at room temperature.

  6. Apple Puff Pastry Roses: Love puff pastry apple rose? Then you can transform this tart into an apple rose by following this easy Apple rose Mini Tartlets recipe.

  7. Nuts: I have garnished these pastries with chopped almonds; you can also use walnuts or pecans here.

  8. Toppings: To make it extra enticing, you can drizzle them with caramel or toffee syrup. Or just dust them with icing sugar.

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FAQ

Can I use frozen puff pastry sheets? 

Yes, they work perfectly fine in this recipe. Make sure that you thaw the pastries before using.

How to prevent apples from making the pastry soggy?

They generally don’t become too soggy, so you don’t have to worry about them becoming soggy. A little moisture in apples helps them caramelize while baking.

Can I substitute brown sugar with white sugar for caramelization? 

Yes, you can surely add white if you want a lighter caramel flavor in this puff pastry.

Can the dessert be prepared ahead of time?

The fresh tart tastes best when served warm straight out of the oven. However, assembling them in advance is possible. In fact, it is a lovely time-saving option when you don’t have time to assemble.

To achieve a perfectly crispy layer, you can assemble the puff pastry in advance and refrigerate for 2 days.

Can I freeze an apple upside-down puff pastry? 

You can surely freeze these pastries for up to 2 months. No need to thaw them before baking. Simply pop them in the oven until they are golden and crisp.

Can I add other fruits to the recipe?

You can use different fruits for making this upside-down puff pastry. Other fruits that taste well in this recipe are: berries, pears, peaches, or mangoes. Feel free to adjust the sugar accordingly.


Apple Upside Down Puff Pastry (Step-by-step photo instructions)

How to Make Apple Upside Down Puff Pastry

  1. Preheat your oven to 355°F (175°C). Peel, core, and thinly slice the large apple. Toss the apple slices in a bowl with cinnamon and brown sugar until well coated.
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  3. Place the thawed puff pastry sheets on your work surface, sprinkle some dry flour, and spread evenly on both sides. Cut each pastry into two to create 4 rectangles/squares. On parchment paper-lined baking dish, drizzle honey at least 2 inches apart. Spread it, and then arrange the cinnamon and sugar-coated apple slices on it. Drizzle the apples with a bit more honey.
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  5. Place a piece of puff pastry over each of the apple rectangles, leaving a small border around the edges. Crimp all four edges tightly using a fork. Brush the top of the puff pastry with milk or melted butter. This will give the pastry a beautiful golden color as it bakes.
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  7. Place the assembled puff pastry on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the pastry is puffed up and golden brown. Once baked, remove the pastry from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Carefully invert the pastry so the apple slices are now on top. Garnish with chopped almonds and place them onto a serving platter. Serve warm or at room temperature with a little vanilla ice cream.
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Apple Upside Down Puff Pastry [Recipe]

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This irresistible Apple Upside Down Puff Pastry recipe is a blend of caramelized apples and flaky puff pastry. Delicious dessert in 30 mins.
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(Rating: 5 from 8 reviews)

Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
20 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Brunch International 4
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
145 calories 1

INGREDIENTS

For Apple Upside Down Puff Pastry
  • 2 sheets of ready-made puff pastry (125g each)
  • Milk or melted butter for brushing
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Honey for drizzling
  • Roughly chopped almonds for garnishing

INSTRUCTIONS:

How to Make Apple Upside Down Puff Pastry
  1. Preheat your oven to 355°F (175°C). Peel, core, and thinly slice the large apple. Toss the apple slices in a bowl with cinnamon and brown sugar until well coated.
  2. Place the thawed puff pastry sheets on your work surface, sprinkle some dry flour, and spread evenly on both sides. Cut each pastry into two to create 4 rectangles/squares. On parchment paper-lined baking dish, drizzle honey at least 2 inches apart. Spread it, and then arrange the cinnamon and sugar-coated apple slices on it. Drizzle the apples with a bit more honey.
  3. Place a piece of puff pastry over each of the apple rectangles, leaving a small border around the edges. Crimp all four edges tightly using a fork. Brush the top of the puff pastry with milk or melted butter. This will give the pastry a beautiful golden color as it bakes.
  4. Place the assembled puff pastry on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the pastry is puffed up and golden brown. Once baked, remove the pastry from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Carefully invert the pastry so the apple slices are now on top. Garnish with chopped almonds and place them onto a serving platter. Serve warm or at room temperature with a little vanilla ice cream.

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NOTES:

  1. For easier handling, make sure to thaw the pastry sheets at room temperature before baking.
  2. You can choose any of your favorite apples for making this puff pastry.
  3. You can swap sugar with maple syrup or agave if you don't want to use sugar.
  4. This upside-down puff pastry tastes best when served warm as they are flaky at this point. But you can also serve them at room temperature.


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